Exploring the world one bite at a time

Day: December 30, 2015

Konigsallee: “Lovely place for a stroll or (expensive) shopping”

This must be the most beautiful street of Düsseldorf. Even if you don’t feel like exploring the expensive shops on both sites of this avenue, you can stil enjoy walking around to take in the scenery.

Konigsallee, Konigsallee, 40212 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 211 86399025

Visited December 2015. You can find my review about Konigsallee also on TripAdvisor.

Fischhaus: “Expectations not met”

Seeing as this place is a fish shop and a fish restaurant all in one, I had high expectations. But to be honest, those weren’t met. Service was mediocre at best and the food itself was ok, but nothing exceptional. My meal (Filets Von Der Nordsee Seezunge Auf Steinpilzrisotto) was not warm enough. I got the impression my plate was left standing for a while before it got served. The portion was big enough, but the fish was prepared in too much butter to my taste. The plate of my brother was also not warm enough.

We also made the mistake of following the wine recommendation on the menu. The Roncal Gondello from the Spanish region Galicia costed only 14,90 euros and it tasted also like a very cheap wine. Do yourself a favour and order a more expensive wine.

Fischhaus, Berger Str. 3, 40213 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 211 8549864

Visited December 2015. You can find my review about Fischhaus also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 3/5, food 3/5.

Swissotel Dusseldorf/Neuss: “Lovely hotel”

Stayed for two nights in this hotel. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The (separate) beds were very good. The screen in the bath was too small though, which resulted in a flooded bathroom after taking a shower. We stayed at the eleventh floor and the view on the river was really gorgeous.

The hotel is not located in the city center and the surroundings are not very inviting, but you’re only a short tram ride (15 minutes) away from the real heart of Düsseldorf.

Some girls at the reception were more friendly than others, but in fact they all tried their best to speak English to us when we indicated German wasn’t our mother tongue. Also loved the bar area, very inviting and good cocktails.

Breakfast was excellent. Lots of different options to choose from. Loved the made to order omelets, the smoked salmon, the gravad lax and the fresh fruit. The bread was also freshly baked. Service at the breakfast was very attentive.

Only complaint we had, were the conditions of the sauna. The changing rooms just weren’t very clean and in the room where the saunas were situated you had to wade though a pool of water of one centimeter depth. Not very appealing, to be honest. Although it was indicated that the saunas could only be used without bathing suits, most of the guests ignored this. The layout of pool, sauna and fitness room is kinda weird. Lots of people walk through the fitness room in their bathing suits to reach the pool.

Swissotel Dusseldorf/Neuss, Rheinallee 1 41460 Neuss, 41460 Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Stayed December 2015. You can find my review about Swissotel Dusseldorf/Neuss also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, rooms 5/5, service 4/5.

A Tavola: “Authentic Italian food”

A Tavola is a really authentic Italian place in the city center of Düsseldorf. We were served by an older Italian gentleman and we even were serenaded to! Lovely atmosphere in this place, but be warned, it can get crowded and noisy, because the tables are placed rather close to each other. The kitchen is open, so you can get a glimpse of the cooking action that is going on.

We all had a different pasta dish (tagliatelle con funghi, spaghetti carbonara, pappardelle mit wildschweinragú and linguine mit hummerkabben). All the dishes were excellent and well worth the price we payed for them. The pasta was super tasty and perfectly cooked, as can be expected when you dine in a real Italian restaurant.

We ordered a bottle of very good Italian Chardonnay (and a second one, because we enjoyed the wine so much). As a dessert we ordered panna cotta and tartufo. Both lovely! To top the meal of we drank a glass of limoncello. Really enjoyed the jokes of our Italian waiter. Felt right at home!

I can highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for good, honest Italian food and ambiance!

A Tavola, Wallstr. 11, 40213 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 211 132923

Visited December 2015. You can find my review about A Tavola also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 4/5, food 4/5.